This week I’ll be using photos taken at Clumber Park in North Nottinghamshire last weekend; I wanted to arrive nice and early to avoid the crowds (screaming kids, mainly) as it promised to be a lovely, warm, sunny day. I also had to take it easy after having a heavy piece of wood fall on my foot on the Wednesday (I’m still unable to wear socks or shoes that cover my foot. Thankfully most shoes I own are the ballerina pump style).
First stop was a cuppa and some breakfast… here the birds are very used to stealing crumbs from people, and come ridiculously close!
As always, I have to take a photo of the Chapel and the lake…Thankfully it was still relatively quiet at this point so the photos have few people around. I also took along with me my old Polaroid Sx-70 land camera, so spent most of my time taking photos with an old skool camera and let Pete take the digital shots.
There’s always Geese and Ducks at Clumber, so far actually there doesn’t seem to be as many Canada Geese as normal. However, those that were there argued a lot. There were Ducks chasing, Canada Geese chasing and Coots outright fighting on the water.
Something else Clumber has plenty of… Chaffinches… Sadly the Chaffinches also seem to be rife with that nasty disease that’s going round and causes growth on the legs, and sometimes growth on the rest of the body in other species, especially the head.
Facing, this Great Tit didn’t seem to look ill, but with its head to the side loss of feathers can be seen; it might be due to the same disease the Chaffinches have, or it could be a mite.
This lovely, seemingly healthy male Chaffinch is also clearly suffering from the leg disease.
Mrs Blackbird was caught sunbathing and preening in a little secluded spot.
No sign of the Marsh Tits this time, so I had to make do with this Coal Tit instead. They were actually probably the friendliest of the Tits and would come the closest to get Peanuts off us.
No matter how much we attempted to stalk the Robins, we just couldn’t get very close… and no close shots of my favourite bird, the Nuthatches this time.
As graceful as Swans are; they scare me. Probably because I know how strong and aggressive they can be when young are around… Of course we need an obligatory shot of a Duck dabbling.
Jackdaws are actually quite uncommon round here; and it’s been a long time since I’ve seen one! I remember seeing plenty when we went on holiday to Scotland as a child… I love Wagtails, but they never visit my garden. And finally a Stock Dove, not a pigeon!
The Squirrels were out in force, and at times of year if you’re scared of Squirrels you’re best avoiding the gardens because there can be many, many Squirrels roaming around. At our peak we had 9 surrounding us, plus the Mallards and small birds (and Pigeons). They’re not as friendly as those in Hyde Park (London) which will actually jump on your body for food, but they’re close enough. One; my friendly Squirrel was close enough to pick nuts up that bounced under the front of my shoes. Whenever it’d finished eating its nut, it’d look up at me asking for more 🙂
Here’s the friendly little guy.
Of course being surrounded by so much wildlife caused small audiences all trying to get photos… that is until it became too busy, or rather too many children were around. And like me, the animals were soon to disperse once the kids arrived (well, I had to go visit my parents and steal Forget-me-nots off them, but it was a good time to leave anyway once the peace is broken).